Panorama Tour

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

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  • Experience what it was like to be a guest in Wright's famous home on our signature tour which includes the Taliesin West Garden Room.

  • Discover some of the beautiful desert trails surrounding Taliesin West & gain insight into Frank Lloyd Wright's School of Architecture.

  • Experience Wright’s architectural genius on our 3-hour Behind the Scenes Tour that includes guest speakers and even mid-morning tea.

  • Explore the desert area while your guide reveals how native materials and landforms were translated into design elements by Wright.

  • Wright's creation at night takes on a luminous, jewel-like quality and the structures, lit from within, form a truly dramatic setting.

  • On our educational Junior Architect Tour, school-age children and their parents get to learn how architecture impacts their lives.

  • We also schedule private tours of Wright's Taliesin West with an architect or personal tour guide for individuals or small groups.

  • Special tours for large groups can be arranged for guests looking to experience both the interior and exterior areas of Taliesin West.


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Description

Frank Lloyd Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Located on the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, the site offers a broad range of guided public tours where visitors can experience Wright’s brilliance.

Frank Lloyd Wright's talent for creatively linking indoor and outdoor spaces is on display during the engaging 1-Hour Panorama Tour.  Throughout the tour we'll explore a number of buildings which are connected by outdoor pathways, essentially joining the indoor and outdoor spaces.  This tour includes visits to areas such as the:
  • Cabaret Theater
  • Music Pavilion
  • Seminar Theater
  • Wright's private office
All of these spaces are linked by dramatic terraces, gardens and walkways overlooking the rugged Sonoran Desert.  See how the site itself amplifies the desert's beauty.

For a limited the 180,000 piece LEGO model of Taliesin West is included on this tour!

Tuesday and Wednesday are discount days and prices on these days have already been adjusted.

Meeting Location

Taliesin Drive (Scottsdale, AZ) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

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214 Reviews Rating: 4.5 4.5 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Great tour guide and very informative
Wed, Feb 25  10:15 AM Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
 
Great tour
Rating: 5
Excellent Tour with much detail and insight
Tue, Feb 24  2:15 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
the guide provided much interesting detail about FLW and Taliesin as well as insight into FLW's personality and reasons for doing things.
 
Rating: 5
A totally amazing tour. A very quick hour.
Tue, Feb 24  10:15 AM Male 50-59 Local Group of Friends
 
This was such a great experience. We plan on returning and take more tours.
Rating: 4
Knowledgeable tour guide educates the uneducated
Tue, Feb 24  10:15 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
While there were people in our group who obviously were very familiar w/ FLW, my husband and I knew very little about him, having toured a home in CA some years ago But our tour guide had a vast amount of information about the work at Taliesin and the person (and family) of Wright. We learned a great deal in an informal, friendly atmosphere. My only regret is that there are so many tour groups moving like clockwork that you have no time to tarry or take photos without impeding the next group or missing the remarks of your guide at the next stop.
Rating: 5
Wonderful Experience
Tue, Feb 24  10:15 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
We took the 1 hour tour...wished we had taken a much longer tour. Guide was so interesting. She had a great commentary and not only answered all questions but expanded on the subject.
Rating: 5
A must see for art and history connoisseurs
Mon, Feb 23  10:15 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Through Taliesin West we experienced Phoenix area as a place of historic significance, the home to of the world's most important architects, not homogenous strip malls. Our guide, a writer of historical books, was knowledgable and enthusiastic, we enjoyed the tour and learned not only about Wright, but the area. Thank you, a morning well spent!
Rating: 4
Informative
Tue, Feb 17  2:15 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Easy walk with beautiful scenery and wonderful architecture and delightful narration. Great tour and educational.

We lucked out on getting discount tickets on Tuesdays and Wednesday's.
Rating: 5
Best of Frank Lloyd Wright, best of Phoenix
Tue, Feb 17  10:15 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
My husband and I were on a business trip and took a morning off to go to Taliesin. We'd only dreamed about it. Although familiar with Wright's work such as Usonia, this was remarkably different and astonishing. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour guide and quickly became members and supporters of Taliesin. Highly recommended. Many parents brought young children who enjoyed it, too. Lovely gift shop!
Rating: 5
Fantastic
Tue, Feb 17  10:15 AM Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
 
Everyone we encountered at Taliesin West were very pleasant and knowledgable. This destination will be on my to do list every time I put of town guests!
Rating: 4
Talliesin West 1 hour tour
Sun, Feb 15  2:15 PM Female 60-69 Combination Family Without Children
 
The one hour tour was interesting, but I recommend the 1 1/2 hour tour. The longer tour gives a clearer picture of the man as well as the school. Views are terrific but be sure to bring water and if possible take the tour in the winter or spring. Walking in the open in the summer heat is exhausting.
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Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is highly recommended, as space is limited per tour. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased using a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
Why are the ticket prices different on certain days?
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are our Discount Days and the ticket price has already been adjusted on these days. Keep in mind that all adults ages 13 and up are the same price on these days. Discounts can still be applied for Frank Lloyd Wright Association members by calling Zerve at (888) 516-0811.
What is the main difference between the flagship tours? Which one should I take?
Our three flagship tours vary by duration and sights seen. The 90-minute Insights Tour is our most popular tour and is offered the most often. If you are looking for a more in-depth tour, consider the 3-hour Behind the Scenes Tour which includes everything on the Insights Tour and more, including guest speakers. However, if you are short on time, consider taking the Panorama Tour, which is 1-hour long and includes many highlights of the property but does not include the personal living quarters. In addition to our three year-round tours, we also offer a number of seasonal tours as well that explore other areas of Taliesin West.
Are there any age limits? Can we bring our kids?
Yes, children can attend the tour, however, please note that younger children may not fully understand the content and get much out of it. As parents, you should use your best judgement as to whether your child will enjoy the tour. We do offer a reduced price Youth ticket for ages 4-12 and infants and toddlers under 4 years old can come for free.
What about bad weather?
Taliesin West was built to be a part of its surroundings, therefore the tour is a combination of viewing interior spaces that are connected by outdoor walkways. The tour will run in moderate weather, but may be cancelled in the case of severe weather. You will be notified if the tour is cancelled and will be allowed to reschedule your tickets or receive credit for a future event.
Can we explore Taliesin West on our own or do we need to take a tour?
All tours of Taliesin West are guided and guests are not allowed to explore on their own. Admission to the bookstore is free of charge but guests must have tour tickets to view the remainder of the property.
Is Taliesin West handicap and stroller accessible?
Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark built between 1937 and 1959. As such, it was not designed or built to contemporary accessibility standards. The pathway for tours are not all paved and include gravel walkways, uneven steps and stairs. Narrow, steep-sloped ramps over steps are available for guests to use at their own discretion throughout the tour. Ramps are 26” in width with slopes ranging from 21 to 27 degrees. If bringing young kids or infants, we recommend a stroller that has larger wheels or a baby bjorn style carrier.
Do you allow photography?
Guests are welcome to take photos for their personal use. There are a few areas where we do not allow photography, but your tour guide will alert you to these areas during the tour. If you are looking to use photos in a professional capacity, please contact us prior to purchasing your tickets by clicking on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to make arrangements.
Is Taliesin West open all year round?
Yes, we operate tours throughout the entire year. The Panorama Tour runs all year round, however, not all tours are offered throughout the entire year. Please be sure to check our Calendar of Other Activities for the exact tour schedule on the day you plan to visit.
Do you have a gift shop?
Yes, Anneliese's Bookstore is located next to the main parking lot and stocks the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® products and books. Admission to the bookstore is free of charge and its regular hours of operation are 8:30am to 6:00pm.
What should I wear? What should I bring?
We suggest guests wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Since a portion of the tour takes place outside, be prepared for the day's weather and note there are gravel walkways that connect the buildings, so please be sure to wear appropriate shoes. We also recommend bringing a bottle of water and an umbrella. While we have a limited number of umbrellas available for guests, they can come in handy both on rainy and sunny days in the desert.
Are food and drinks available for purchase?
While we have a soda machine outside the bookstore, we don't have food available for purchase. We do not recommend bringing outside food or drink on your tour, unless you'd like to bring a bottle of water, therefore we suggest grabbing something to eat either before or after your tour.
Is there parking available?
Yes, there is a free parking lot for all guests.
Are pets allowed to come?
No, other than certified service dogs, pets are not permitted.
What about guests with special needs?
Guests with special needs who are interested in visiting us but choose not to take the walking tour may request an Interpretive Guide and view a video on the history of Taliesin West while on site. Visually and hearing impaired guests who wish to bring someone to provide assistance on the tour such as a sign language interpreter may do so and the person providing assistance will not be charged admission.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes! Gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
Do you allow private parties or events?
Spacious Taliesin West is well suited for hosting exclusive corporate receptions and dinners. Groups ranging in size from 20 to 120 have experienced memorable evenings at Taliesin West using the many indoor and outdoor spaces. For more information about setting up a private event, please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to get in touch with our staff.
Do you offer large group tours?
Yes, group tours are available and tours can be custom designed for prearranged groups of 15 or more. Please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to discuss.
Can we do a private tour?
With advance notice (seven day notice preferred), individuals with very small groups may schedule a tour by an architect or personal guide. Please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to discuss pricing and reservations.

About

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is proud to present, Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s world-famous home and architectural laboratory, which offers guests the unique, immersive experience of a powerful and extremely personal National Historic Landmark.

Just minutes from downtown Scottsdale, Taliesin West is Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert masterpiece. In 1937, Wright and his apprentices built an architectural wonder out of the stone and sand that surrounded them in the Sonoran desert on the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. Many of those apprentices (“the Fellowship”) who worked and lived alongside Mr. Wright still live at Taliesin West, as do the current students and faculty of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture -- making Taliesin West an ongoing, vibrant community.

The Taliesin West experience is both immersive and powerful. Guests are fully welcomed into every room and space—nothing on the tour is behind ropes or under glass. The tours, which include such attractions as the Cabaret Theater, Music Pavilion, Garden Room, Desert Shelters, and Mr. Wright’s living quarters and private office, are filled with surprise, majestic views, and intimate interior details. Each tour inspires visitors with the innovative principles, beautiful creations, technological experiments, and unparalleled body of work of Frank Lloyd Wright. As a result, guests find the Taliesin West tour experience delightfully engaging and deeply relevant. While photos and descriptions may give you a hint of what’s in store, there is no substitute for experiencing it first-hand.

Come to Taliesin West and be inspired.
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